St. Louis man who waved gun at protesters may vie for Senate
Mark McCloskey, a St. Louis personal injury attorney who gained national attention after he and his wife waved anti-injustice protesters near their home last summer, appears to be close to a U.S. Senate run for the year 2022.
McCloskey posted on Twitter that a “big announcement” will be made on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program Tuesday night. McCloskey’s spokesman, Billy Grant, declined to say whether McCloskey was planning a Senate run but said an announcement would be made Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, the Federal Election Commission website shows that “Mark McCloskey for Missouri” was registered Tuesday, and one website, mccloskeyforsenate.com, was looking for fundraising for campaigns. McCloskey previously said he was considering a Senate offer.
Incumbent Republican Roy Blunt from Missouri announced in March that he would not seek a third term. GOP candidates include former Governor Eric Greitens, who resigned from office in 2018 due to a sex scandal, and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey rose to prominence in conservative circles – and were maligned among Democrats – after the June 28 incident outside their lavish home in St. Louis’ Central West End.
Protesters marched to then Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home amid nationwide protests after police killed George Floyd in Minneapolis. The protesters ventured onto a private road that includes the McCloskey mansion. The couple, both attorneys in their early 60s, said they felt threatened after protesters tore down an iron gate and ignored a sign that read “No Trespassing”. Protest leaders denied damaging the gate and said the march was peaceful.
Mark McCloskey came out of his house with an AR-15 rifle and Patricia McCloskey showed up with a semi-automatic pistol. Cell phone video captured the confrontation.
St. Louis Circuit Democrat Kim Gardner accused the couple of illegally using a gun. A grand jury charged them on the same charge in October, adding a charge of manipulating evidence. The indictment states that a semi-automatic pistol was modified in such a way that “the prosecution of Patricia McCloskey was obstructed”.
The couple alleged the charges were politically motivated. You spoke on video at last year’s Republican National Convention. Missouri Republican Governor Mike Parson has said he will pardon the McCloskeys if they are convicted.
Her case is due to go to trial in November, but Gardner’s office will not prosecute him. A judge sent the case to a special prosecutor because Gardner referred to the case in donation emails when she successfully offered for re-election in 2020.